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87th Fighter Wing

Constituted as 87th Fighter Wing on 14 Oct 1943 and activated on 25 Oct. Moved overseas, Dec 1943-Jan 1944, and operated with Twelfth AF in the Mediterranean theater from Apr 1944 until the wing's groups were reassigned in Sep 1944. Disbanded in Italy on 1 Apr 1945.

Groups. 57th: 1944. 79th: 1944. 86th: 1944.

Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 25 Oct-15 Dec 1943; Nouvion, Algeria, 11 Jan 1944; Caserta, Italy, Feb 1944; Bastia, Corsica, 28 Mar 1944; Vescovato, Corsica, 9 May 1944; Furiani, Corsica, 13 Jul 1944; Caserta, Italy, 22 Sep 1944; Florence, Italy, 25 Dec 1944-1 Apr 1945.

Commanders. Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 30 Oct 1943; Brig Gen Laurence C Craigle, 22 Nov 1943; Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 6 Mar 1944; Brig Gen Thomas C Darcy, 18 Apr 1944; Lt Col Theodore V Prochazka, c. 20 Sep 1944-c. 31 Mar 1945.

Campaigns. Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986

Constituted as 87th Fighter Wing on 14 Oct 1943 and activated on 25 Oct. Moved overseas, Dec 1943-Jan 1944, and operated with Twelfth AF in the Mediterranean theater from Apr 1944 until the wing's groups were reassigned in Sep 1944. Disbanded in Italy on 1 Apr 1945.

Groups. 57th: 1944. 79th: 1944. 86th: 1944.

Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 25 Oct-15 Dec 1943; Nouvion, Algeria, 11 Jan 1944; Caserta, Italy, Feb 1944; Bastia, Corsica, 28 Mar 1944; Vescovato, Corsica, 9 May 1944; Furiani, Corsica, 13 Jul 1944; Caserta, Italy, 22 Sep 1944; Florence, Italy, 25 Dec 1944-1 Apr 1945.

Commanders. Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 30 Oct 1943; Brig Gen Laurence C Craigle, 22 Nov 1943; Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 6 Mar 1944; Brig Gen Thomas C Darcy, 18 Apr 1944; Lt Col Theodore V Prochazka, c. 20 Sep 1944-c. 31 Mar 1945.

Campaigns. Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986



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